Grounds and Garden Officer

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Trades and Services
Classification: Cog2A
Work Location: North East - Indigo
Reference: VG/6536JAN23
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $58,358 - $74,941
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 6536 - Position Description - Grounds and Garden Officer (2).pdf (PDF, 215KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sally Hayden on 0488 876 401

Position Details

  • Utilise your expertise in trades to provide support and advice to Corrections Victoria
  • Ongoing, Full-Time Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • Cog2A: $58,358 - $74,941, plus superannuation.


About the Business Unit

Beechworth Correctional Centre is a Corrections Victoria, minimum security prison for men, located in Northeast Victoria, within the Hume Region of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS).

Corrections Victoria develops and implements policies, programs, and services to ensure that safe and secure containment of prisoners, and that seek to rehabilitate offenders by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour.

Corrections Victoria manages Community Correctional Services locations across the state and is responsible for managing Victoria's public prisons and overseeing the contracts relating to the management of the privately operated prisons. In doing so, Corrections Victoria delivers a safe and secure corrections system that actively engages offenders to promote positive behaviour change and prepare offenders for release back into the community.


About the Role

Grounds and Garden Officers are responsible for the management and delivery of specific functions within the prison. This includes assisting with the management of prisoner employment, safe operating procedures and other Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) requirements, and compliance with prison industry procedures.

Some of your duties may include;

  • Maintain security and control prisoner movement through surveillance and the operation of all security equipment including prisoner reception and discharge; escorts (prisoners, visitors and contractors); all prescribed search and security procedures.
  • Be responsible for the efficient and effective management of the maintenance of the Prison.
  • Ensure equipment is maintained in good working order, maintain general cleanliness of the work site, and ensure that proper directions are given to prisoners concerning industrial health and safety.


About You

To be successful in this role you must have;

  • Relevant experience in Garden and Ground Keeping


  • Successful completion of Corrections Officer program
  • A relevant trade qualification is highly regarded


How to Apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.



The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.



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